Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Life and Packing

15mm gaming, 007 style

So, I'm packing to move to Sydney from the UK. I've been here 7 years and had the best time of my life, but a fantastic new job is taking me back home. Naturally, the first thing I sorted out was my minis!
Above is my new mobile gaming case. I managed to get a small range of minis and all my loose terrain into this case and packed into a 15cm Really Useful Box. Both fit in (and mostly constitute) my carry-on luggage. 

The  30cm wide case contains a KR foam 25mm hole tray cut in two and stacked up. I managed to get 2 minis in each hole, with a chunk of open cell foam in between to keep them safe. That's about 100 minis and enough terrain to choke a 2x2' space 

I will be staying in my oldest friend's flat, as he is coincidentally moving overseas as I arrive. This is a bit of a shame, I was looking forward to some Blood bowl... But getting a flat to stay in straight away is pretty handy in Sydney, which is now as expensive as London to live in. I also had to sell my beloved VRSCDX Night rod special, but I am buying his Vrod Muscle to replace it. So instant flat and Harley as soon as I arrive. Not bad :)

My personal effects, painting kit, hobby supplies and lead pile won't arrive on the steamer for another 6 weeks. Not to mention my gaming consoles... So for a month after I arrive, all I will have to do is play Throwdown with my travel kit and finish the rules! Hopefully by the time my stuff shows up I will have it about finished. I will do another post regarding the release plan and what will be included.

I've fortified myself with TV and movies for the flight, but I also have a plan to do some epic solo roleplay on my laptop. 27 hours is a long time!

So now, more packing. I'll probably post now and then when I get the chance. 

48 comments:

  1. Welcome home SJ, good to have such a talent back in the country.

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    1. Cheers Dan, glad to be coming back :)

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  2. OK you are totally magic!!!!! How did you shrink that case full of minis down to the size of the lego block? In that case why not shrink the bike and bring it as well?

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    1. The Lego is nit shrunk but enlarged.. You just figured out how I paint my minis too ;)

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  3. Good luck to you! I lament the selling of the VRSCDX Night rod special, but it seems like you're getting an equally cool bike in return.

    As for leftover minis you can't pack up, I've got an address in the states you can send them to. ;)

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    1. Yes Mik, my only issue with the Muscle is that it isn't black enough. My old bike was completely black. Minis are packed Mik.. Sorry dude!

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  4. Nice packing job. I hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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    1. Thanks Joe, UK to Australia is more like an endurance test, but I will do my best. :)

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  5. HAve a safe trip. and enjoy the change. I look forward to your return.

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    1. Thanks LA, hopefully it won't be too long!

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  6. Best of luck with the move! I just moved across town and was still paranoid about my mini collection... hope yours makes it there safely with minimal wear and tear!

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    1. Thanks Allison!
      Me too.. I think another benefit of 15mm scale is they have less fancy bits to break off.

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  7. Your Australian....


    If Id of known that...:)


    Good travels

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    1. Thanks Harold, the stress is peaking, see you on the other side!

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  9. Hope all goes well with the move

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    1. Cheers Brummie, it's in the hands of the gods now :)

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  10. Travel safely, Jacker. Throwdown is good: fast, furious, and fun solo gaming...the stuff that keeps the modeler's blood thin and pumping strong!

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    1. Thanks Jay, I'll be itching to paint and model once my gear arrives.. Fingers crossed I have a new flat with a study/painting den by then :) Until then it's rules development time!

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  11. Flat + Harley before you even get there! That worked out well for you.

    Pretty cool that you can fit so much into such a small case. Couldn't do that with 28's! I hope you're taking a mini painting kit and a few figures to paint as well? I would hate to go without your painting updates for six weeks.

    Hope the move goes quickly and smoothly, and that you enjoy the solo gaming on the plane. Good luck with your new job when you get there.

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    1. Sorry Alpha, I probably won't be painting for the first few weeks but you never know.. I might go nuts and splash out before my time is up!

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  12. Good luck with the move, and hope everything goes well. I'm always paranoid about my miniatures whenever I've moved, and I've never moved them to another country.

    Hope everything goes well with the new job etc. Look forward to seeing you back on the blogosphere.

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    1. Thanks Ace, I'll be around don't you worry :)

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  13. Safe travels mate! Say G'Day to Justin for me.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    1. Thanks Dave, I will. It's his 40th the day after I arrive..Ack! I'm just hoping the sniffer dogs don't go after my figure case like that time you went to Nottingham.

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  14. Best of luck with the move!
    This is where the wisdom of 15mm minis makes itself known.
    Hope your homecoming is good!

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    1. Thanks Ferret! You are right, there's no way I could have crammed 100 regular size ones into hand luggage!

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  15. As the guys above all say-good luck with the move SJ, and a safe and uneventful journey. I forgive you your sins of making me buy more minis than I ever intended, and in return thank you for gracing our screens with such fantastic artwork. Get painting and blogging asap, and say hello to my nephew in Melbourne......you may have to shout a bit! All the best!

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    1. Thanks Gunruner, I'll be heading to Melbourne in September to meet my tattoo artist and get some more work done, so I'll keep an eye out for your nephew :)

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  16. Safe journey

    Loking forward to some new posts when you get settled.

    Enjoy the sun - feel free to post some back!

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    1. Thanks mate.. I think the UK is getting more sun that Sydney about now.. The weather is crazy!

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  17. Keep on keeping it real Bro, and have fun, be safe, and enjoy all of this travel time!

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    1. Thanks Joseph, I will try to stay positive during the flight :)

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    2. Cool Brother. When you get settled in, email your new address to me, so I can send you some stuff. ;)

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  18. Wishing you and your (amazing) minis a safe journey sir! :)

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    1. Thank you CP, I need all the good luck I can get, but there's a lot of love in theis ol' blogosphere, so I'm sure everything will turn out fine :)

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  19. Good luck and safe travels SpaceJacker. I'll look forward to your first post from Australia, though I gather it'll be a while before it's up.

    Great to see you'll be hitting the ground running though.

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    1. Thanks Legion, you can expect a lot of battle reports made on my iPad until my paints arrive ;)

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  20. Best of luck with the move - I've done that one too and it can be an unexpected shock let me tell you!

    I'm in Sydney too during the week and happy to help scratch that Blood Bowl itch :-)

    cheers
    Paul
    http://tasmancave.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thanks Paul, and I am very keen to get back onto the astrogranite!

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  21. Good to someone else who is willing to mix & match storage inserts for their figures. I recently encountered someone who felt that he couldn't use half his army because he only had a single figure case from the well-known games company that produced the troops. He was astounded and flabbergasted when I suggested that he use a simple PLASTIC BOX and some identical 10mm packing foam from the local market for only 5-10% of the cost of the well-known games company's custom-made box...

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    1. My old gaming group used just about anything to store and house figures. Multi tray tool boxes were the most popular. We were too poor as teens to afford well known gaming company's carry cases.

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  22. I'm going to miss your frequent newly painted minis, Spacejacker. Here's hoping these next 6 weeks fly by.

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  23. Me too! Heres hoping the break redoubles my efforts!

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  24. Good luck with the move dude.

    Remember, take as much time as you need to catch up with old friends (and give the rest of us a chance to do some painting ;-) )

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